All-Star: GM teams Open practice quotes

JEFF GREEN, NO. 66 BEST BUY MONTE CARLO SS, 1ST IN PRACTICE: It looks like you have a really good car today... "I think we do, we really tried a bunch of stuff when we were here testing, and this is the worst of the two cars that we have. I am...

JEFF GREEN, NO. 66 BEST BUY MONTE CARLO SS, 1ST IN PRACTICE:

It looks like you have a really good car today... "I think we do, we really tried a bunch of stuff when we were here testing, and this is the worst of the two cars that we have. I am hoping that we can qualify up front and win the race here tomorrow night." Do you think that you need to qualify in the top three rows here to be successful tomorrow night?

"I think you can't be out of the top five, and put yourself in position to win, we just didn't get a good draw for qualifying, but I think we have a fast enough race car. I think we will e pretty close to the top five, if not in it."

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DENNY HAMLIN, NO. 11 FEDEX EXPRESS MONTE CARLO SS, 2ND IN PRACTICE:

On how car was in practice: "We are loose unlike a lot of guys who are tight which is a good thing for us because I think the track is going to tighten up after dark. Hopefully our car is going to be really good. In qualifying trim, we are right there, second fastest. I think qualifying is going to be very, very important. Track position is going to be huge. We should qualify right there around the top three or four and hopefully get us a win."

On race strategy: "I think it is just go as hard as you can go every lap. Anybody who can get out there in the lead is going to be hard to pass. The cars are just so equal so hopefully we are the guy they are trying to get around."

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J.J. YELEY, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES MONTE CARLO SS, 3RD IN PRACTICE:

"The Interstate Batteries car is really good, I don't believe that we had this car here for the test. It is doing really well on race runs, qualifying runs; I have a good baseline and something to work with tonight. I am pretty excited about how we are running; we drew last for qualifying, so hopefully that works out well. I think the key is getting up front and having good track position for the Open."

Where do you think you have to qualify? "It is going to be hard to tell, we have not had a bunch of cars on the track yet to see how the tire is going to act. The key might be starting from the pole and hold them off, and not look back. I would love to start on the pole and go onto the All-Star Challenge, but it is going to be tough."

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TRAVIS KVAPIL, NO. 32 TIDE MONTE CARLO SS, 4TH IN PRACTICE:

Looks like you have a pretty good car for the Open. "I think so, I mean, we had two cars here testing, and this car didn't seem to perform as well as the one we are saving for the 600, but we took this car back home and did a lot of small things to it to improve it. I feel like we have made some good improvements to it, the car is driving really good, we're kind of halfway planning towards next week even right now, we made some qualifying runs, so that put us some speed up on the board, and in race trim, we still felt pretty good about it. I feel like we have a shot at it tomorrow night, I mean, we'll just have to see. There are going to be some really good cars in the Open, and I feel like we are one of them."

Where do you think you have to qualify at to get that run at the end of the second segment? "Well, I think it is going to be the same as last year; somebody out of the top five or six qualifying positions is going to win. Last year it was really hard to pass, this year it will be the same. It is kind of a one-groove, high-speed race track right now, so it will be somebody in the first three rows, I think."

-gm racing

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